Level A Assessment
How can I tell if I'm ready for the Level A assessment?
Practical Skills & Knowledge
See these documents for a detailed description of the skills you need for the Hand Signals and On-Crane sections.
Learning Guides and Practice Exercises
These documents provide a range of questions with detailed answers on Load Charts and Rigging calculations.
For hand signals, instructional videos, tower crane handbook, WorkSafeBC regulations for wire rope and attachments, sample target layouts and more.
What does the Level A Assessment include?
The Assessment is made up of three main sections. It is designed to allow you to demonstrate your skill and knowledge of safe craning. There are no trick questions.
The assessment takes between 2 and 2 ½ hours to complete (between 3 and 3 ½ hours for Lattice Friction Crane). You will be given the results of your assessment and, if found competent, you will receive your certificate by mail.
1. HAND SIGNALS
You will be required to correctly interpret hand signals given to you by the assessor.
2. LOAD CHART & RIGGING
You will answer written questions about common lifts using crane load charts and rigging guides. The questions are made up to allow you to demonstrate that you know how to use load charts and rigging guides and can do simple calculations.
Each crane type has a specified time limit to complete these questions:
- Friction Lattice Boom – 90 minutes
- Hydraulic Lattice Boom – 60 minutes
- Mobile Hydraulic – 60 minutes
- Stiff Boom Trucks – 60 minutes
- Folding Boom Trucks – 45 minutes
- Tower Crane – n/a
- Self Erect Tower Cranes – 45 minutes
For learning guides and sample questions, see the practice questions.
3. ON-CRANE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
- Pre-Operational Inspection
Following the crane's inspection checklist, you will demonstrate correct crane inspection including a rigging inspection. Consult the WorkSafe regulations on wireropes, rigging and attachments (recommended to bring this document to the assessment to use as a reference during this section of the assessment).
- Crane Set Up & Hazard Assessment
You will set up your crane and describe the hazards you need to check for to the assessor. You will demonstrate correct use of blocking and outriggers / stabilisers.
- Crane Operation (With & Without a Load)
You will be asked to show hook control with only chain slings attached to your hook as you move the hook to nine targets. After this you will pick up a load and land the load on nine targets. The goal is smooth controlled operation.
Friction Lattice Boom, Hydraulic Lattice Boom, Hydraulic Mobile, Stiff Boom Trucks and Tower Cranes have 15 minutes without load and 15 minutes with load for a total of 30 minutes to complete this portion of the assessment. Folding Boom Truck Cranes have 10 minutes without load and 10 minutes with load for a total of 20 minutes.
The minimum length for the main boom is 100 feet for Friction Lattice and Hydraulic Lattice Boom Cranes. Mobile Hydraulic Cranes and Boom Trucks must use a minimum of 3/4 of the powered sections of the main boom. See a sample layout of the targets. See Level A Assessment Requirements for more details on crane and site requirements.